Lansdowne Lecture: February 27th, 2020

Speaker: Raymond Tallis

Title: Are We (Just) Animals?

Thursday, February 27th, 2020 at 7:00pm in Engineering Computing Science (ECS) Building, room 116

Abstract: Increasingly, it is claimed that human beings are best understood in biological terms; that persons are their brains, and societies are best understood as collections of brains; and that we should consequently look to evolutionary theory to understand what we are now. In short, our biological roots explain our cultural leaves. I will argue, against this, that the gap between our nearest animal kin and ourselves is too wide to read across from the one to the other. Persons are not (just) brains or (just) animals.